PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Service members and their families from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) held a luncheon to celebrate Black History Month at the Hickam Enlisted Club, Feb. 24.
This year's national theme is "African-Americans and the Civil War", which honors the contributions of more than 186,000 African-Americans who served in the Union Army and Navy.
"We called out the Buffalo Soldiers; we called out the Tuskegee Airman, individuals that represent people that were specific to that period of time," said Master Sgt. Chandra Davis, Pacific Air Forces' command surgeon office, superintendent of information management and information technology.
Those who attended the luncheon learned about the importance of African-Americans who served in the military in the past and the importance of their service today.
"This event is important because it recognizes and doesn't let people forget the accomplishments that the men and women made," said Tech. Sgt. Rodney Cathcart, non-commissioned officer in charge of directorate support staff of Pacific Air Forces 8358. "It's an honor for me to wear this uniform; to represent and stand on the shoulders of those men and those women."
Along with the representatives of the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen, the president of the Honolulu-Hawaii Chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Alphonso Braggs, spoke about the importance of Black History Month and the significance of African Americans who served their country.
"I ask you to consider the legacy of the countless individuals who contributed immensely to this nation by reflecting on their faith, their fortitude and their foundation," said Braggs. "Because of the lessons of their faith, fortitude and foundation to us, we can stand up for justice. We can stand up and endure and fight for equality."
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